Friday was our day trip to Orvieto for some ceramic shopping. Sandi, Holly, Marcia and JoAnn met us at the Duomo at 10:00, and we all had coffee and a pastry at a cafe. While brad parked the car, I had already chosen two ceramic pieces that I would ship home.
After coffee, I took the ladies to my favorite ceramic shop where I have shopped in the past. Giacomo gave all of my friends a 20% discount (which covers shipping). Brad got me a beautiful oval bowl for a belated birthday gift.
We split up for a little more shopping, then met back at the Duomo before lunch.
We walked to La Pergola to eat, stopping to peek at Marlena di Blasi's palazzo, and windowshop along the way.
Trattoria la Pergola has a cute garden area, where we sat for lunch.
I had a yummy ravioli, and Brad had gnocchi with pancetta and arugula.
After lunch, Brad and I wandered to the other main piazza, lingered over some gelato, and visited a couple contacts for next summer's PalmabellasItaly trip.
Brad and I love Orvieto. We would love to come back soon to spend more time here. They even have a restaurant "named after me"!
On our way home from Orvieto, Jerry called my cell phone. He asked where we were, and if we could stop and offer him "some assistance" in Sinalunga. At first, I thought they had car trouble. Then Jerry explained they were at the post office, trying to mail home a box of dirty laundry, and none of the clerks spoke a word of English. pantomime alone was not working. I was flattered and happy to be able to help! How many North Americans does it take to mail dirty clothes? FOUR!